UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator, Barcelona
The action was not over however for the CST PostNL Bafang Mountain Bike Racing Team, as the following weekend saw the highly anticipated final leg of the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup take place in Barcelona, Spain. Riders took to one of the cities natural treasures, Park Montjuïc, where nerves ran high as the battle to become the 2021 UCI World Cup title champion commenced.
The overall Men’s standings heading into the final of the tournament were very close, with only two points separating Jeroen van Eck’s 285 point lead from Simon Gegenheimer’s 283. The Time Trial results proved no different, with Swedish rider Anton Olstam ranking top of the class, whilst Simon Gegenheimer and Jeroen van Eck followed closely in pursuit.
van Eck gave his all throughout the final chase of the day to reign victorious, maintaining a challenging advantage to the line. It was clear to see just how much this victory meant to him, not only winning in the same spot as he did in 2020 but also clinching the UCI World Cup Overall Title from Gegenheimer.
Following the race, Jeroen van Eck expressed, “Knowing I was only a few points above Simon, I came into this race knowing there was a lot on the table. This is exactly what the Eliminator is, everything that looks smooth doesn’t come easy! I won the World Cup in Barcelona for the third time, and now I’ve won the overall. I just cannot believe it!”
To see more from the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup final, visit Jeroen’s YouTube channel below to watch his highlight video from that weekend’s race: